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Human Rights Day recognizes diversity around the world
Since 1950 – when the United Nations declared December 10 th as International Human Rights Day – activists around the globe use this day as a reminder of the immense work still req...
December 10, 2014
HEU remembers the Montreal Massacre victims on the 25th anniversary
Twenty-five years ago today, Canadians from coast to coast were deeply shocked and saddened by the biggest mass killing in our nation’s history. It was December 6, a brisk winter d...
December 6, 2014
HEU recognizes International Day for Persons with Disabilities – December 3
Today, people around the globe are recognizing the International Day for Persons with Disabilities – a day that was established by the United Nations to create awareness, understan...
December 3, 2014
World AIDS Day campaign targets an AIDS-free generation by 2015
On December 1 – World AIDS Day – more than a dozen countries will participate in an HIV/AIDS awareness campaign by lighting landmark locations in red, the colour used to symbolize...
December 1, 2014
Domestic violence often spills over to workplace, study reveals
CUPE NATIONAL – Over half (53.5 per cent) of those who experience domestic violence report that at least one type of abusive act happened at, or near, the workplace. More than 40 p...
November 27, 2014
HEU recognizes Transgender Day of Remembrance – November 20
Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed on November 20 to recognize and honour members of the trans community who have been murdered for expressing their gender choice – those l...
November 19, 2014
NDP leader John Horgan brings down the house in speech at HEU convention
On day four of convention, BC NDP leader John Horgan gave a rousing speech to delegates that put HEU and NDP values front and centre. Recognizing HEU’s dedication over the years, t...
November 7, 2014
Delegates elect Elkins, Bernardo as HEU’s full-time officers
On day three of the union’s 29 th biennial convention, delegates re-elected Victor Elkins as HEU president and Donisa Bernardo as HEU financial secretary. “I’m humbled,” Elkins tol...
November 6, 2014
Elkins and Bernardo re-elected
Delegates to the 29 th biennial convention of the Hospital Employees’ Union have re-elected Victor Elkins as the union’s president for a second term. Elkins is a cardiac perfusion...
November 5, 2014
Longer contracts provide opportunity to strengthen union – Pearson
In her final convention address, outgoing HEU secretary-business manager Bonnie Pearson reflected on the union’s proud history and challenged delegates to consider HEU’s future.
November 5, 2014
HEU delegates kick off 29th biennial convention on a high note
In honour of HEU’s 70 th anniversary, this year’s convention opened with a rousing rap-infused rendition of the union’s signature anthem, “Heart of Health Care.” Throughout the day...
November 4, 2014
Packed town hall meeting rejects Harper vision for health care
October 21, 2014
Health minister responds to workers' concerns on Ebola preparedness
B.C.'s health minister issued a letter to health workers late Friday addressing concerns that have been raised about the health care system's preparedness for possible Ebola patien...
October 17, 2014
HEU joins BC Federation of Labour affiliates to provide $8 million in financial support to BCTF
HEU will provide a one million dollar interest-free loan to the BC Teachers’ Federation as part of an $8 million dollar loan package established by unions affiliated to the B.C. Fe...
September 10, 2014
"Medicare Trial" Interveners Call on BC Government to Protect Patients and Uphold Public Health Care Rules
(This press release was issued by the BC Health Coalition and Canadian Doctors for Medicare. HEU is a member of the BCHC) The BC Health Coalition and Canadian Doctors for Medicare...
August 26, 2014
Regulated Pharmacy Technician agreement extended for Lower Mainland
HEU and Lower Mainland Pharmacy Services have agreed to extend the deadline for conversions under an agreement covering Regulated Pharmacy Technicians. HEU members now have until N...
July 28, 2014
HEU to meet with B.C.'s Seniors Advocate in early September
HEU has secured a meeting with B.C.’s new Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie to discuss a range of problems affecting staff and residents in the province’s long-term care facilities...
July 17, 2014
HEU convention delegate credentials, resolutions and constitutional amendments deadline is August 5
HEU’s 29 th Biennial Convention will be taking place at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver Hotel from November 2 to November 7. During convention, delegates will debate and vote on propos...
July 14, 2014
Almost all members who work alone face additional hazards: CUPE survey
CUPE NATIONAL - From October 2013 to March 2014, CUPE members across the country, including HEU members, were asked to participate in a survey on the hazards of working alone . And...
July 4, 2014
Important update on Pharmacare
The Facilities Bargaining Association (FBA) has reached an agreement with the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) to address some problems in the implementation of the Pharm...
July 2, 2014
Community health benchmark comparability review seeks member submissions
In the last round of bargaining, the multi-union Community Bargaining Association (CBA) successfully negotiated “comparability increases” to be applied to approximately 80 per cent...
June 26, 2014
World Public Services Day
CUPE newsletter Monday, June 23 is a global day for workers to celebrate and advocate for quality public services.
June 23, 2014
Facilities ratification vote results to be announced Tuesday
Ratification votes on the 2014-2019 tentative agreement for HEU members in the Facilities subsector wrapped up on Friday, June 20. Ratification votes for some other Facilities Barg...
June 21, 2014
Self-identification survey is about making our union stronger
HEU members are receiving the HEU Member Self Identification Survey in their mailboxes and the completed surveys are pouring back in to the union’s Provincial Office. Where did the...
June 19, 2014
VIHA to create new care aide schedules for VGH and RJH as a result of HEU grievance
Following HEU’s successful grievance regarding the Vancouver Island Health Authority’s handling of HCA/care aide postings at Royal Jubilee and Victoria General Hospital earlier thi...
June 19, 2014
HEU recognizes First Nations members on National Aboriginal Day – June 21
June 21 marks the day where Canadians come together to celebrate the unique heritage, traditions and contributions First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples bring to our country’s cul...
June 18, 2014
HEU recognizes International Day Against Homophobia – May 17
For the past 10 years, HEU’s Pink Triangle Standing Committee has recognized the International Day Against Homophobia – May 17– as part of its member and community outreach. The th...
May 16, 2014
Celebrating 70 years at the bedside
It’s National Nursing Week and the Hospital Employees’ Union is marking our members’ seven decades of delivering bedside nursing care. DOWNLOAD THE POSTER
May 12, 2014
HEU wins two major awards from the Canadian Association of Labour Media
The Hospital Employees’ Union picked up two national awards – Best Overall Print Publication and Best Poster – during a ceremony hosted by the Canadian Association of Labour Media...
May 6, 2014
International Day of Mourning: a time to reflect on workers killed or injured on the job
Since 1985, the Canadian labour movement and allies have gathered together from coast to coast on the International Day of Mourning – April 28 – to remember and honour workers inju...
April 28, 2014
Remembering the victims of Bangladesh’s worst garment factory disaster – one year later
CUPE NATIONAL – Today marks the one year anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh. More than 1,100 garment workers lost their lives in this tragedy and another...
April 24, 2014
Administrative Professionals Day shines a light on HEU’s clerical team
They are often behind the scenes performing “invisible” jobs, but nearly 10,000 members of HEU’s clerical team provide a vital role in delivering quality care to British Columbians...
April 23, 2014
Earth Day 2014: Message from the CLC
We face a global challenge. Climate change impacts are already widespread and consequential. The most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, prepared by sc...
April 22, 2014
WorkSafeBC confirms annual N95 fit-testing needed to protect health workers
WorkSafeBC has denied a request from 13 health care employers, including B.C.’s health authorities, to amend the required annual fit-testing of N95 filtering facepiece respirators...
April 10, 2014
International Day of Pink celebrates diversity in workplaces, schools and communities – April 9
For seven decades, the Hospital Employees’ Union has championed workers’ rights and advocated for social equality on an international scale. That’s why HEU is proud to support Inte...
April 9, 2014
Enhanced Disability Management Program launched today for community health workers
The Enhanced Disability Management Program (EDMP) was negotiated by the multi-union Community Bargaining Association (CBA) and the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) in the...
March 31, 2014
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination recognized today
By today’s global standards, Canadians live in a world of diversity, where citizens are free to express their religious beliefs, practice their own culture, and love whomever they...
March 21, 2014
World Water Day 2014: Back the tap and keep water public
CUPE newsletter: March 22 is World Water Day – a day to step up our work defending public water and wastewater services. We can all take action in our workplaces and in our neighbo...
March 17, 2014
March is Community Social Services Awareness Month!
B.C.’s frontline community social services workers and agencies help build safe and caring communities that support everyone, when needed, especially our most vulnerable. Community...
March 11, 2014
Strong women, strong world, strong union
On March 8, 1857, female garment workers in New York City took to the streets to demand better working conditions, a ten-hour day, and equal rights for women. This event is now wid...
March 6, 2014
New Horizons rally and march condemns mass staff layoff at the Campbell River care home
Not even the unrelenting snowfall prevented an estimated 150-plus concerned citizens and trade unionists from gathering at a Campbell River rally on March 2 to condemn the mass sta...
March 4, 2014
HEU speaks out against bullying on Pink Shirt Day – February 26
The Hospital Employees’ Union encourages members throughout the province to join in solidarity with other labour and community partners to protest against harassment and bullying o...
February 25, 2014
HEU pays tribute to Patient Care Technical team today – February 19
“We Make It Happen” is the theme of this year’s HEU Patient Care Technical Day. It’s a day for our union to recognize the critical services our patient care technical members provi...
February 19, 2014
Pulp union’s raid applications dismissed by labour board
The B.C. Labour Relations Board has dismissed applications by the Pulp and Paper Workers’ Union of Canada to raid trades and maintenance workers at three hospitals. The decision wa...
February 17, 2014
Federal Budget 2014: no help, all hurt for Canadian workers
[CUPE newsletter] OTTAWA – The federal Conservatives’ obsession with generating a budget surplus is coming at far too high a cost to Canadian workers. Cutting public services to pa...
February 11, 2014
OH&S training needs assessment survey for long-term care workers
SafeCare BC, the new health and safety association for the long-term care sector in British Columbia, wants front-line care workers’ feedback on occupational health and safety trai...
January 17, 2014
Enhanced Disability Management Program implemented for FBA members
The province-wide Enhanced Disability Management Program (EDMP), jointly negotiated by the Facilities Bargaining Association (FBA) and the Health Employers Association of BC, will...
January 17, 2014
VIHA urged to repost HCA/care aide positions at RJH and VGH
The Hospital Employees’ Union says that the Vancouver Island Health Authority has completely mishandled the posting of care aide positions at Royal Jubilee and Victoria General hos...
January 10, 2014
Support Workers’ contest winners announced
HEU support workers carry out critical roles on the health care team in housekeeping, dietary, laundry, transportation, and in the supply chain. But these jobs are often invisible...
January 10, 2014